Meet Our Artists

    Foster Festival’s Fourth Season Brings Niagara Stage Stars together with Exciting New Talent! We are thrilled to welcome some new artists to our stage this summer and see some of our favourites returning.

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  • JUNE 19 to JULY 5, 2019

    The Writer - World Premiere!

    Norm Foster's 60th play! Full of compassion and Foster's trademark Humour with Heart, The Writer explores the parent child connection with touching clarity as the paternal care-giver becomes the cared for.


  • JULY 10 to JULY 26, 2019

    Hilda's Yard - Greatest Hit!

    Set in 1956, this delightful comedy sparkles with unexpected twists and turns as Hilda attempts to corral her family’s foibles. Hilda’s Yard reunites Norm Foster and Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone as Sam and Hilda Fluck. Holy toot! You’re going to love it!


  • JULY 31 to AUGUST 17, 2019

    Beside Myself - New Musical!

    What would you do if you could hit the re-set button on a stale marriage? Reuniting Norm Foster and composer Steve Thomas - co-creators of audience favourites Jasper Station, Race Day and Sitting Pretty, Beside Myself is a sweet musical examination of love lost and found.



    Performing Arts Centre

    The Recital Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centire in downtown St. Catharines is our home away from home. With a stunning interior design, extraordinary acoustics and the most comfy seats you can imagine, it's the perfect venue for Norm Foster's comedies.

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Celebrating Canada's Most Popular Playwright...in the heart of Niagara!

The Foster Festival is the very first theatre festival in Canada celebrating the work of a living Canadian playwright. Norm Foster comedies have been staged around the world for over two decades – we are honoured to be bringing them home to Canadian theatre lovers!

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The Foster Festival, located in St. Catharines, Ontario just down the road from the Shaw Festival, presents comedy theatre inspired by the work of internationally renowned Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

At The Foster Festival, we showcase the heart and humour of Norm Foster's writing in a dedicated environment, employing the finest Canadian theatre practitioners and bring you everyday stories that are very, very funny, but also deeply meaningful to and reflective of Canadians.

In addition to producing our summer show series, The Foster Festival team is also very active in our community with outreach programs for kids and adults. It's our belief that a little more laughter is good for everyone's health.


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Foster Features - Vineland Estates Winery, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Mar 6th, 2019

Check out our newest Foster Festival Feature where we visit Vineland Estates Winery, one of our favourite places to visit in Twenty Valley in Niagara.

Meet Our 2019 Acting Company!

Feb 15th, 2019

Foster Festival's Fourth Season Brings Niagara Stage Stars together with Exciting New Talent!

Foster Festival's 2019 Adult Drama Club

Jan 25th, 2019

The Foster Festival Adult Drama Club is back for our Scene Study Clinic at the Rodman Hall Art Centre...with some changes.

Message From Norm Foster - 2019 Season

Dec 12th, 2018

Norm Foster is just as excited as we are for our 2019 Summer Season!

Foster Festival Announces 2019 Line-up including First-Ever Musical Production

Oct 16th, 2018

The Foster Festival is proud to announce the line-up for the 2019 season, which will once again feature two World Premieres written by Norm Foster, highlighted by the Festival’s first-ever original musical, co-written with long-time collaborator Steve Thomas.



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    Thank You To Our Generous Foster Festival Sponsors

    • Meridian Credit Union | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

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    • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund 2019
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    • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
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    • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
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